qu32semicAllen & Heath adds sE to ProFactory presets
Friday, 1 December 2017

UK - Allen & Heath has announced the availability of the latest ProFactory channel libraries for its Qu series digital mixers. Following successful collaborations with Shure, Sennheiser and Audio Technica, the new presets cover a range of popular sE Electronics microphones, including the V3, V7, VR, 4400a and RNR1.
ProFactory Mic Presets offer engineers of all abilities an ideal starting point to get the best possible sound quickly and easily. The team at Allen & Heath worked closely with sound engineer Frederik Brandt Jakobsen at sE Electronics who developed the optimal settings for each microphone and instrument combination.
“Convenience is key. On-board effects and snapshots are mandatory characteristics of today’s digital consoles. Allen & Heath have taken this one step further with the addition of ProFactory Presets to their Qu series,” says Toni Scherrenberg, global sales & marketing director at sE Electronics. “We know the strengths of our products, and we have created a variety of awesome-sounding EQ settings for sE microphones.”
The presets are available now as a free download from the Qu series product pages on the A&H website.
(Jim Evans)

interbee-2017-3WPC debuts at Inter BEE2017 in Japan
Friday, 1 December 2017

Japan - Martin Audio Japan (MAJ) recently took part in the Inter BEE exhibition at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, launching their premier WPC line array, along with iKON iK42 4-channel power amp and SX218 dual driver subs. The expo, which started in 1960, has increased exhibitors and visitors year-on-year, and this year visitors numbered 40,000 in total, with 1,000 companies taking part.
This time around, MAJ expanded on last year’s booth size, and presented WPC at the SR Line Array Speaker Demo, giving visitors first-hand experience. MAJ also welcomed from the UK Dom Harter, MD of Martin Audio, introducing him to the Japanese market at the same time.
With a new collection that in addition to WPC and iKON amplifiers, also included WPM, along with XE500, XE300 and two of the LE wedge monitors, their booth was packed with visitors throughout the entire three days. Among these new products, the XE500 has already debuted at Rock In Japan festival this summer, and built up a healthy reputation, with many people stopping to ask about its high performance, and how it functions with the CDD special drivers.
The WPC demo comprised eight WPC cabinets on each side, with three cardioid settings in the SX218 subwoofers, operated by Bunshiro Hote from MSI Japan and Shue Kanda from MAJ.
Summing up the success of Inter BEE2017, Yusuke Karato, president of MAJ, stated, “We are grateful for having had this opportunity to present these products, along with Dom and Andy from the UK. Not only our booth, but also the WPC demo room received many visito

lingfieldMLA Compact ignites Lingfield fireworks
Friday, 1 December 2017

UK - For the second year in succession, AvensysLive provided a Martin Audio MLA Compact PA for the Lingfield Park Resort Fireworks Display in Surrey, marking the beginning of a new three-year contract with the site.
The company’s operations manager, Angus Galloway, confirmed that they had specified MLA Compact as best fit for purpose for the event, and will continue to deploy it at the site in future. Stating his reasons, he said, “It meant we could use the Display software to ensure audio levels outside the audience area were kept to a minimum. We also love the power, sound and clarity that MLA Compact provides.”
The service company fielded 16 x MLA Compact elements and eight WS218X subwoofers, rigged in four stacks, each comprising four MLA Compact and a pair of WS218X. The stacks were placed on LiteDeck decking system at 1.2m in height, evenly spread along the audience viewing area.
The signal feeds comprised a pre-recorded mix of popular music that was triggered at the same time as the fireworks. The display itself lasted around 15 minutes, however there were other amusements and attractions taking place both before and after.
“The site does have to consider its neighbours during events,” confirmed Galloway. “Although we were not asked to keep to any noise restrictions, MLA Compact and Display undoubtedly helped restrict the offsite noise.”
Angus Galloway also operated as system tech, inputting the dimensions of the audience area into the Display software, to ensure even coverage throughout; this took into account rake

dpa-microphonesadam-pierce-tnDPA acquires Sound Network and will launch German HQ
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Europe - DPA Microphones has acquired UK pro audio distributor Sound Network.
The acquisition was confirmed following the decision of Sound Network founders Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop to retire from the business. The two companies have had a close relationship for more than 20 years, with Sound Network distributing DPA products in the UK broadcast, live sound and theatre markets.
The UK company, which will be headed up by sales and marketing director Adam Pierce, will retain its name and staff structure and continue to observe its distribution arrangements with other manufacturers such as Sony Pro Audio, Meris, Bubblebee Industries, Quested Monitors, Smart Research and China Cones.
DPA’s CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, comments: “Sound Network has been a marvellous ambassador for DPA for many years and has invested heavily in the brand. By acquiring the business, we can maintain our close cooperation with the company and build on the strong relationships Sound Network already has with our all-important UK dealers and customers.”
Dunlop adds: “This acquisition secures the longevity of the company Pete and I built together, and for the most fantastic team that exists within it. It will offer greater opportunities for those involved, on both sides, and I am convinced its future is in safe hands.”
DPA Microphones is also launching a German HQ in March with a dedicated sales department. DPA Germany is set to open on 1 March 2018 and will be headed by Martin Kaaber, DPA’s vice-president of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and

avolitesAvolites adds Tiger touch to Morocco festival
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Morocco - Lighting designer Chris Binks selected an Avolites Tiger Touch II and Tiger Touch Fader Wing to facilitate his authentic live control and design approach for the third edition of Oasis Festival, an electronic dance festival held at The Source Marrakech Private Resort Music & Spa in Morocco.
Chris, whose design method relies on live, intuitive control, selected the Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing to ensure easy access to all his programmable elements throughout the festival.
"When I was specifying a desk for Oasis one of the main things for me was ease of access," says Chris. "Avolites consoles are the only consoles that tick all the boxes for me, especially when busking a show. The line-up at Oasis is mainly DJs and they can change their set at any time. The Tiger Touch II has a clear layout and intuitive software features that make it perfect for me."
The Oasis Festival featured a line-up of top underground electronic artists including Nicolas Jaar, Solomun and Daniel Avery. The event was open to the public for four nights, with Solomun playing a 8-hour set on for the festival's opening party on Thursday.
Chris was contracted by the festival to provide the lighting design, installation and operation, while the sound, power and crew was provided by Casablanca-based Energy Sound, Light & Video. Chris was accompanied at Oasis Festival by his "young Jedi" Rob Elliot, who operated the lighting on Stage Two, again using a Tiger Touch II console.
"I was head-hunted by Karim and his team from Energy Sound, Light

avixactsruprovidercolorcmykPanasonic becomes AVIXA CTS accredited
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Europe - Panasonic’s AV training academy has been accredited by AVIXA, allowing professional AV dealers and rental companies to gain renewal units inside the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) programme.
AVIXA, formerly known as InfoComm International, has administered the CTS programme for more than 30 years, with more than 11,000 CTS holders – 500 of which are in the UK.
CTS holders are recognised as technology specialists within the industry, with part of the programme being a requirement for continuous learning.
As a result, CTS holders must regularly attend training courses to maintain their accreditation. From November 2017, attending Panasonic visual training courses will allow them to gain credits inside the programme.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Panasonic as an RU Provider in Europe,” says Pamela Taggart, senior director of development Europe at AVIXA. “This RU Provider status represents its commitment to offering high quality accredited training. CTS is growing in Europe, and it is becoming increasingly important to stand out from the crowd. CTS is a proven credential that is bringing quantifiable benefits to businesses and individuals throughout the AV community, and this RU Provider status will add further value to Panasonic’s training.”
“Panasonic is able to provide the highest standard of visual trainings by delivering RU for AVIXA, enabling the participants to gain increased values,” says Siegmar Küll, Panasonic European training manager. “To take part in the Panasonic Visual academy and gain CTS

profeetat-tour-photo-credit-ari-levelae-mobb-helsinkiGreen Hippo and MOBB deliver for arena shows
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Finland - Scandinavian lighting creative MOBB Helsinki counted on a legion of Notch-loaded Hippotizer Media Servers to help deliver Finland’s biggest domestic arena production.
Profeetat is the project of Cheek and Elastinen, Finland’s two biggest hip-hop artists. Formed in 2016, this year the duo marked their rapid rise by selling out three arena shows in their homeland.
First filling the Turku’s Gatorade Centre and then maxing out two nights at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena, Profeetat’s shows stacked up to be Finland’s biggest domestic indoor arena production, one to be designed by creative outfit Mobb Helsinki, headed-up by the Finish firm’s Ari Levelä.
The gear and personnel required to run the nights mounted up, and the lighting tech armoury included two Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers and one Hippotizer Karst Media Server to run the main show, plus a further two Boreals acting as back-ups.
Add a pair of Kinect cameras, seven Live cameras, and a brace of GMA2 lights and you begin to get the picture – as well as an awesome video presentation.
Continuing to up the numbers, MOBB Helsinki surrounded its Green Hippo line-up with 350 lighting fixtures, and a world-class PA system. And there was more, namely: 13 band members; 75 crew members; 16 riggers; 34 local stage hands per show; and 13 trucks for transport duties.
With the hardware, software and personnel in place, crucial to the ultimate success of the operation was the Hippotizer’s ability to integrate with Notch, the game-changing real-time visual creation too

danish-embassySGM illuminates We Believe
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Europe - To celebrate Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017, Danish artist and lighting designer Tine Bech from Tine Bech Studio in London developed We Believe, an interactive lighting project taking place in Denmark and the UK simultaneously over a period of 10 days. Using SGM wash and flood lights, participants in Aarhus controlled the facade lights at both Aarhus City Hall Tower and The Royal Danish Embassy in London.
“We have been very pleased with the corporation with Tine Bech, who, from the beginning, set extremely high demands to both colour mix and colour calibration. In Aarhus, we mixed P-5s with P-2s, and we could not see any difference in neither colourmix nor dimming,” said Christian Vigsø, CEO of VIGSØ, who supplied and installed the lights.
As part of the larger “playable cities” initiative, We Believe was chosen in relation to “Hidden Places”, established back in 2012, when Aarhus won the European Capital of Culture 2017 title. The two-part project has focused, on one hand, on forgotten and hidden urban places such as roof terraces with re-thinking potential, and on the other hand on mediation and citizen participation.
In line with Hidden Places’ goal to involve citizens, creative lighting designer Tine Bech’s We Believe light installation invited the public to participate in connecting two cities, creating art through play from a hidden place in the city.
“I think it is interesting with a European corporation here in 2017, where Aarhus is European Capital of Culture. We get a dial

claypakyClaypaky Scenius shines on Halsey’s world tour
Thursday, 30 November 2017

USA - Halsey has embarked on the North American leg of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour and Claypaky Scenius Profile lighting fixtures, provided by 4WallPA, are lighting her way.
The electro pop/synth pop singer-songwriter launched her arena tour at the end of September in Connecticut and will wrap up this leg in November in Cleveland. The biggest tour Halsey has ever done supports her eponymous second album and includes special guests Party Next Door and Charli XCX.
Production designers Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of S Rae Productions collaborated with the artist, who conceptualized and sketched out the original idea, to design the show, which incorporates lots of LED video. Craig Rutherford is the lighting director. “There are very large stairs with LED video on the risers, and there’s a large LED wall upstage comprised of two screens split at the centre,” says Routhier. “Above the stage are six straight trusses with lighting, which mimic the stairs. Everything is very linear.”
Sixty-five Claypaky Scenius Profile fixtures are mounted on the truss; four are dedicated spot lights for Halsey and the dancers. They mark the first large-scale usage of Scenius by Routhier and Long.
“Scenius has a lot of features that work really well for pop and electronic music,” Routhier says. “We end up using them to hit notes, beats and noises. We exercise them as much as possible to create a really dynamic light show.”
She praises Scenius’s optics, saying, “The lensing is amazing with a nice crisp beam if you go

winnerschapelpulpitWinners Chapel scores with Danley system
Thursday, 30 November 2017

USA - Prompted by the welcome problem of a growing congregation, where it could build a 1,500-seat sanctuary. It is an older industrial park building, with characteristically low ceilings punctuated by numerous support columns. When its Winners Chapel in Lanham, Maryland recently moved to a new location initial DIY sound reinforcement system failed to deliver the kind of spirited, impactful audio that the church had hoped for, it called on Virginia-based A/V integration firm RTW Media.
Playing to the challenges of the unique space, RTW Media engineered a solution based on Danley Sound Labs SBH-20 column form-factor loudspeakers, which deliver point-source fidelity, excellent pattern control, and a clean aesthetic. Danley TH-118 subwoofers contribute low-end.
“They had big-name line array components in there, but they were misconfigured and not really in a line array,” explained Zack Guida, logistics manager at RTW Media. “Not that a proper line array would have helped: the sanctuary’s ceiling is only twelve feet and the room is wider than it is deep! They brought us in and basically said, ‘Make it sound good’.
“The Danley SBH-20 is a small-footprint box that packs a lot of output and Danley’s famous fidelity. Moreover, we figured out that we could mount them to the support beams toward the front, and the SBH-20’s pattern control would keep energy on the people and off the walls and ceiling.”
Because the good people of Winners Chapel worship with very high energy, they requested an additional Danley TH-118 subwoofer, bringin

tom-maddenBarbizon names Tom Madden as president
Thursday, 30 November 2017

USA - Barbizon Lighting has appointed Tom Madden as president and CEO.
Madden has a proven track record of success at Barbizon Lighting’s Mid-Atlantic operation as the general manager of Barbizon’s Capitol location. His previous experience includes leadership on an international level in roles ranging from stage and production manager to senior general manager & executive vice president.
“Tom recognises and deeply values the Barbizon culture, something which initially drew him to the company and which he feels strongly about honouring and fostering,” read a statement from the Board of Directors. Madden’s appointment comes after Barbizon Lighting Company’s previous president and CEO, Jonathan Resnick, unexpectedly passed away. “It’s among the many reasons Jonathan thought the world of Tom and we are sure he would agree with our carefully considered choice.”
"I’m honoured, and I’m thankful to the Board for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization of creative, dedicated, and talented professionals,” remarked Tom Madden. “We provide innovative lighting and technology solutions, every day, with a world-class team of employees. This role is a tremendous opportunity that any leader would welcome.”
Barbizon Lighting’s customers range from theatres to film & television studios; from houses of worship to architectural projects; and from museum & themed environments to complicated rigging systems.
Madden further added, “Jonathan Resnick’s legacy i

adamson-marcbertrand-nov17-hrAdamson appoints Marc Bertrand as MD of Americas
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of audio industry veteran Marc Bertrand to the role of managing director for Adamson Americas. In his new role, Bertrand will lead sales growth and network expansion in both the touring and installation markets in North and South America.
“The Adamson brand has delivered exceptionally strong growth in all aspects over recent years. Adamson has always been synonymous with premium quality sound and is already a leading brand in countries like France and the Netherlands. My mandate, in concert with the complete Americas team, is to build on this performance and create the same benchmark sales and brand presence throughout the Americas," comments Bertrand. "I’m also very excited to be able to draw on the support of this dynamic and entrepreneurial management team at headquarters as well as the experience of our European and Asian teams.”
Bertrand is a well-respected veteran of the North American pro audio industry. After over a decade with Tannoy North America, eventually serving as managing director for five years, Bertrand became the CEO of TC Group Americas, overseeing a catalogue of brands including Tannoy, TC Electronic, Lab.gruppen, Lake, and others. In this role, he created and led a successful distribution network targeting the North American installation market and nearly doubled total sales during his stint.
Prior to accepting his new position with Adamson, Bertrand had already advised the company in a consultancy role and contributed to the company’s year-over-year gro

ovation-e-930vwChauvet debuts variable white LED fixture
Thursday, 30 November 2017

USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced its first variable white LED ellipsoidal fixture, the Ovation E-930VW. Featuring a six-colour LED system, the new fixture can match ambient natural light at different times a day, making it suitable for broadcast applications that are exposed to sunlight.
With colour temperature pre-sets from 2800 K to 8000 K, the Ovation E-930VW produces a flat even field of light with a very high CRI (88-92) and CQS. Each color temperature produced by the fixture can be further adjusted +/- green to fine tune the light.
“We engineered the Ovation E-930VW to give designers tighter control over colour temperature, because the more precisely you can dial into the colour spectrum with white light, the better people will look on camera,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The Ovation E-930VW will excel when used for film, television, pop-up studios, churches or any application that requires realistic lighting on camera, especially those that are exposed to sunlight.”
Adding to the fixture’s performance as a broadcast light are its virtually silent operation and its adjustable PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), which avoids flickering light on camera. Smooth 16-bit dimming also enhances the performance of the Ovation E-930VW on and off camera.
The Ovation E-930VW works with DMX and RDM protocols. It has Neutrik powerCON power input and output, plus 3-pin and 5-pin XLR data connectors. The versatile fixture works with all industry standard lens tubes and accessories.
“The Ovation E-930VW will fit right into

cyc-wins-ldi-award2ETC's ColorSource CYC makes award-winning debut
Thursday, 30 November 2017

USA - Visitors to the 2017 LDI Show in Las Vegas this November found ETC’s booth awash in colour, thanks to the new ColorSource CYC luminaire. Two 5.5m-tall cyc panels bookended the booth, each lit evenly and brightly in a range of tints and hues by the new LED fixtures. Show-goers were impressed – as were LDI’s judges, who honoured the ColorSource CYC with a Best Debuting Lighting Product award at a ceremony on Saturday night.
Technical product manager Dave Cahalane accepted the award on behalf of the development team. “With the ColorSource CYC, we tried to provide a fixture that had a broad range of beautiful colour in a compact size,” he explained in his acceptance speech.
The cyclorama light is the latest addition to the ColorSource family of products, which bring high-quality LED lighting and control to a more affordable price point. The ColorSource CYC adds a fifth emitter colour to the standard RGB-Lime array: indigo LEDs that help achieve rich, deep blues.
Other new products on ETC’s stand included the Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 control consoles and the Eos Fader Wings. ETC also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Source Four spotlight with a special, crowdsourced video displayed on the booth.
(Jim Evans)

n208-n18w-amate-audio-flyingAmate introduces compact line array
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Spain - Amate Audio continues the rollout of its new NÍTID series of ultra-compact, high performance active speaker systems with the introduction of the N208 compact line array and matched N18W / N218W sub woofer systems.
In common with all NÍTID systems, these employ the latest digital amplification and signal processing technologies, in symbiosis with advanced electroacoustic research and design, to achieve exceptional levels of performance and versatility from compact speaker systems.
The N208 and N18W / N218W systems offer premium performance from a compact line array, together with new standards of operational versatility and ease of setup and use, that includes optimised ‘plug & play’ power and system control presets for virtually instantaneous operation, says the company. Economies of scale in developing the system on a well-proven acoustic design, make it possible to bring the NÍTID line array, with all of these powerful operational advantages, to market at very competitive price point.
Announcing the launch of the NÍTID compact line arrays systems, vice president and chief technical officer Joan Amate, said, “Our track record in developing successful, innovative line arrays, provides the opportunity to integrate proven designs and electroacoustic components with the enhanced control possibilities offered by the latest digital processing technologies. The result is that the Nítid line array is an exceptionally price competitive offering; and its advanced performance and system capabilities make it a unique proposition in the m

sslburgtheateraudfohconsoleviewprAustrian National Theatre upgrades with SSL systems
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Austria - The Burgtheater - the Austrian National Theatre - is part of a group of three Austrian theatres, together with the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) and the Volksoper Wien opera house, and is generally considered to be one of the most important German language theatres anywhere in the world.
As part of a recent upgrade to its audio systems, the theatre has installed two SSL System T networked production systems along with a building-wide, redundant Dante Audio-over-IP network and SSL Network I/O. The system was specified by David Müllner (manager, sound & multimedia, Burgtheater), supplied by TSAMM Professional Audio Solutions, and installed by Klangfarbe GmbH.
Müllner started researching consoles back in 2012, looking for emerging technologies, technology trends, and workflows that might suit the theatre’s needs. The Burgtheater was an early investor in digital audio, and its previous digital console was nearly 18 years old by the time it was replaced, so the new system would have a long legacy to live up to. "As a repertory company, there is a different production on every day during our 10-month season," explains Müllner. "Those are chosen from a rolling repertoire of around 40 productions that include traditional drama and contemporary plays. We put on around 20 premieres during the year, all produced by us."
Müllner was especially interested in the SSL Live console range when it was released and says that, from a workflow perspective, he was "hooked immediately," though was ideally looking for higher path counts, and se

robe-fixture-training-2018DWR schedules Robe workshop
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has scheduled the Robe Fixture Workshop presented by Steve Eastham, international customer support at Robe. Taking place in Johannesburg from 12 - 14 February 2018, the course will then be presented in Durban (5, 16 & 19 February), and Cape Town from 21 - 23 February.
Joining the entertainment lighting industry in 1992, Steve worked for 17 years for Vari-Lit’e Europe’s Technical Support team, managing the department through its transition to VLP after the sale of the Vari-lite brand. Thereafter he moved to PRG before freelancing as a touring technician in 2009. Steve joined Robe to take up his present position in 2012.
The two-day seminar consists of an introduction to the company and its manufacturing operation, the Robe Robin range and the important differences between Robe fixtures and those of other manufacturers. Steve has written a handbook to accompany the training, and other handout material is supplied.
The completion of the course allows candidates access to the protected part of the Robe website, where technical manuals and technical bulletins are listed. Certificates are valid for two years after the date of training, but technical centreaccess is permanent.
Bookings can be made on line at http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/robe-fixture/
(Jim Evans)

Fulcrum Acoustic extends US sales network
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed Audio Source as its exclusive sales representative for Northern California and Northern Nevada. The appointment comes as Fulcrum is experiencing a significant increase in brand recognition and product sales in key markets.
"Fulcrum Acoustic's innovative loudspeakers provide technological advantages that are unrivaled in their price/performance category," states Audio Source president Richard Gibson. "We pride ourselves in providing high-quality representation for some of the finest brands in the AV industry, and are thrilled to partner with Fulcrum to help facilitate their continued growth."
"Audio Source brings considerable market knowledge and experience to the table, as well as a customer-centric attitude consistent with our own," explains Fulcrum Acoustic Western US sales Manager Jon Sager. "We are excited to have them on board to expand our distribution throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada where we see significant opportunity for our technology-driven loudspeaker systems."
(Jim Evans)

samaritanHarman solution for Global Connect 2017
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

USA - The Global Connect 2017 conference, held in April at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, was larger than ever this year, with over 3,000 attendees. For the third year in a row, Atlanta-based audio-visual rental company Technical Elements was hired to provide sound and lighting for the speeches and music in the 95,000-square-foot Gatlin Ballroom, as well as dozens of separate rooms throughout the facility.
In order to elevate the event’s production values to their highest level yet, Technical Elements deployed a complete Harman solution consisting of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplification and Martin lighting.
“The Harman audio and lighting products helped us execute the production plan in a pristine manner,” said Winfrey Shields, owner of Technical Elements. “The clients were very pleased with the clarity of the audio system. We had some challenges with weight ratings for the roof, and we had a number of LED walls in the space, and so we had to get a little creative with the design. But at the end of the day, the success for the customer is the primary goal, and they were elated.”
The ballroom audio system featured 66 JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers, configured in four 10-box main hangs and four six-box delay-hangs. Eight JBL VerTec VT4886 loudspeakers served as side-fills. Fourteen JBL VTX S28 subwoofers were deployed on the ground in two sets of eight. Crown I-Tech 12000HD and I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers supplied the power. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software provided system configuration, optimization and monitoring.

airstarAirstar European Network appoints CEO
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

France - Airstar has announced the appointment of Thierry Beynet as the new CEO of Airstar European Network. This strategic hire is a major step in Airstar’s plan to strengthen its presence in the European market, as part of the overall business strategy instigated by the company in 2016, says the company.
Airstar European Network (AEN), a commercial subsidiary of Airstar, represents 30% of the company’s turnover in lighting balloon solutions. Thierry Beynet recently took on the role, managing and extending the nine subsidiaries which form the European network. Indeed, AEN is responsible for marketing the entire range of Airstar lighting balloons in this region.
Beynet’s relationship with Airstar goes back many years. He worked his way up through the company, starting in 1998 as a technician, before taking on a commercial role. He then worked as AEN’s accountant, became manager of the Rhône-Alpes agency and now CEO of the European network.
Based in Airstar’s world headquarters near Grenoble (France), Thierry Beynet is convinced that his place is in the field, assisting his colleagues to promote the many lighting balloon solutions from Airstar: “My mission is first and foremost to be present within the network, to work closely with the subsidiary directors and sales force.”
(Jim Evans)

m-fournierstudiogehinChauvet names European sales director
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

France - Chauvet has announced that Martin Fournier has joined the company as its European sales director. Fournier is an experienced lighting industry figure in Europe, having spent the last 22 years serving the professional lighting market in Europe. He comes to Chauvet from Harman International, where he most recently served as that company’s sales director for France and Benelux Professional Solutions. Fournier began his career in 1995 with Martin Professional.
“Martin is a very valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to welcome him,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “He shares our passion for excellence and has spent 100 percent of his career focused on lighting.”
Michael Brooksbank, Chauvet’s managing director of Europe, adds, “Martin brings a diverse range of skills and experiences to the table. He has excelled in many facets of the lighting business, including: sales, distribution channel management and brand development. Most importantly, he is committed to providing excellent customer service.”
(Jim Evans)

rufus-derek-rickert-dallas-10-6-17-051Rüfüs Du Sol make impression with GLP
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

USA - Australian electronic band Rüfüs Du Sol recently began their 2017 North America autumn tour playing two sell-out shows at Oakland’s Fox Theatre, along with headlining slots at CRSSD Fest in San Diego, CA and Austin City Limits in Austin, TX. LD Matthew Smith, of Australian lighting design team, Colourblind, provided the visuals to match Rüfüs’ style.
Helping to create these effects were the well-established impression X4 Bar 20 and impression X4 S from GLP - supplied by VER, along with all other lighting and audio requirements.
Smith was excited by the prospect of using the X4 Bars for the 2017 USA touring cycle; having used them for a previous tour in Australia, he was eager to push them to their full potential.
“I’ve been a big fan of the GLP X4 range since I took a number of X4 Wash lights on another Australian tour in 2014. They’re an incredibly reliable unit - both bright and fast, with a great zoom range and very nice saturated colours,” says Smith. And he has been using GLP lights ever since.
“With Rüfüs Du Sol, we used GLP extensively on our Australian tour in 2016,” he continued. “We were the first to take the X4 Bar 20s and X4 atoms around Australia, both of which are now favourite fixtures of mine.”
Smith was eager to find a fixture that was small enough to be transported easily, and yet could provide the power typically seen in a much larger fixture. “For the US run, we needed to fit the rig and backline into a bus trailer, so we opted for the X4 S.
“The units are small but very punch

strazStraz Centre saves power with Philips Lighting
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

USA - Philips Lighting reports that the David A. Straz Centre in Tampa is enjoying significant savings in labour and power costs after upgrading its TECO Theater lighting rig with LED products from Philips Entertainment Lighting's Showline range.
The second largest performing arts complex in the south-eastern United States, the Straz Centre is home to the Patel Conservatory, one of the country's leading education facilities for theatre, music and dance. Because the 250-seat theatre is used exclusively by the Patel Conservatory's education programmes, it is important for its technical equipment to be as up to date as possible. In addition, the technical team was looking for the benefits of flexibility, ease of setup, low energy use and low maintenance offered by high-quality LED fixtures.
Joshua Young, technical manager for the theatre, says, "Previously, we used large, heavy cyc light units. Each required four people to move it and three 2kW dimmers to operate. After renting some Philips SL BAR 640s for one of our lighting designers we were very impressed, so they became our first purchase. The biggest selling point was their versatility. The features allowed us to create visual effects on our cyc, which we had never been able to accomplish before. Another great benefit is that one person can move them."
He adds, "The SL BAR 640s produce an amazing variety of colour at higher intensity and use far less power. Our entire top and ground row now use less power than one of our old cyc light instruments. On average, each LED fixture we've installed repla

33-adamson-koningsdag-nov17-hrAdamson & Ampco provide regal audio for 538 Koningsdag Festival
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Netherlands - Tens of thousands of Dutch music fans celebrated the national holiday of Koningsdag (Kingsday) in Breda with international EDM superstar Armin Van Buuren and over 20 other artists at the annual 538 Koningsdag festival. As usual, Dutch production rental powerhouse Ampco Flashlight was called on to provide the audio and lighting equipment for the hallmark event, and relied on a premium loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering to deliver a live music experience fit for a king.
“We had a lineup of leading national artists and DJs, a big crowd, and some of the world’s most skilled engineers asking for a premium PA, and that’s why we have a system like Adamson’s E-Series in our inventory,” comments Dennis van der Haagen of Ampco Flashlight.
The 538 Koningsdag event is put on by Holland’s 538 radio network and hosted by some of the country’s top radio DJs. Each year, the lineup features a diverse array of pop, EDM, hip-hop, R&B, and more. That included the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Jay Sean, Gavin DeGraw, Maan, and many others for the 2017 edition.
The system, deployed by Ampco Flashlight, was based on Adamson’s E-Series products, featuring main arrays of 20 E15 three-way, true line source cabinets per side plus infill arrays with 8 E12 three-way, true line source cabinets per side and delay hangs of 12 E12s per side.
“Our staff and the guest artist engineers praise the high-frequency clarity of the E-Series, resulting in a hi-fi experience for the crowd,” says van der Haagen. “This is a


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